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Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Loved One on Veterans Day

To the brave men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we honor you and your families this Veterans Day… and every day.

Veteran’s Day is on November 11th. There are 9.2 million veterans age 65 and older, who are beyond deserving of recognition and appreciation for their service. Here are several purposeful ways to celebrate this special time with a veteran loved one.

Accompany the veteran to a Veterans Day parade, a luncheon or a national park.

Parades are usually the biggest and most colorful way to spend the day. Many restaurants offer a free meal for ex-service members. A National park is a fun place to enjoy nice fall weather. The parks have free entry on this day.

Enjoy a special family gathering at home.

Raise a flag, tell family stories, play games and sing patriotic songs. It’s okay for family and friends to ask your veteran loved one to tell his or her favorite military stories.

This can be a touchy subject, but the key is to be thoughtful with your questions. Your loved one …
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5 Activities to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day

There is no doubt that grandparents have a unique relationship with their grandchildren. They often serve as a friend, mentor and your biggest fan throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Grandparents can fill roles that parents may not. Whether it is guidance or entertainment, grandparents are always there to bring joy and perspective into our lives.

Take time this year to celebrate and appreciate the grandparents or seniors in your life by planning one of these meaningful activities for Grandparent’s Day on September 8th.

Cook something together: Perhaps your grandma or grandpa makes a favorite dish or dessert you love, but you have not taken the time to learn it for yourself.  Sometimes a recipe can only tell you so much. It’s helpful to walk through the steps together and learn the secret tricks to make those chocolate chip cookies so delicious.

Schedule a photo shoot together: It doesn’t have to be with an expensive photographer or camera but schedule time to capture photos of you with your grandma and/or grandpa. Pick a spot that has a nice background and ask …
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Hurricane Dorian Community Update

Updated 9/5/2019 10:30 am EST

Allegro St. Augustine

St. Augustine has been cleared to return to the community starting on Thursday 9/5. The residents and associates that were evacuated to Crane’s View Lodge will start to return home. The residents that went home with families during the hurricane are currently making their plans to return to the community.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the community directly.

Updated 9/2/2019 8:18pm EST

Allegro St. Augustine

Residents and associates have arrived safety at Crane’s View Lodge. Thanks to all of our associates at Allegro St. Augustine and Crane’s View Lodge for making it a smooth transition.

Updated 9/2/2019 at 11:22am EST

Allegro St. Augustine

St. Augustine has received evacuation orders for Monday 9/2. They will be relocating to a sister community in Clermont, Florida (Cranes View Lodge), departing at 4pm EST on Monday, 9/2. Crane’s View Lodge is prepared to welcome residents and ensure their comfort and safety during the storm.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your community directly …
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Travel Tips for a Stress-Free Multi-Generational Vacation

Summer is here. It’s time to plan your next fun family vacation. You may wonder what’s the best way for everyone in the family, from the kids to Grandma to have a great time, and for you as a parent and/or caregiver to get a well-deserved break.

There are many good reasons families often travel with parents on a trip with the rest of the family. Getting away from the everyday routine to spend time together strengthens bonds and creates memories that can last for a lifetime. Grandparents can help provide a break and it allows for quality time with their grandchildren. It can also be more cost-effective to travel with the entire family who can share the costs of food, accommodations and travel.

As you prepare for the time off, here are some travel tips to have an enjoyable and less stressful time:

Tips for Planning the Trip:

When thinking about where to go, try to include everyone in the discussion to the extent possible. Keep in mind considerations for any physical or mental health concerns aging …
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7 Innovative Technologies for Older Adults

The surge in the aging population is challenging the technology industry to provide inventive solutions. Advancements in technology are enhancing the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

Here are a few innovative technologies transforming life as we age.

1. WiseWear offers a new option in the competitive wearable trackers market. The smart jewelry tracks your heart rate, calories and sleep patterns like most popular fitness devices. The difference is the safety feature. The user taps the bracelet 3 times to create a distress signal that is sent to the emergency contacts linked to the device. Your exact GPS location is transmitted. Connected to a smartphone, it also provides notification features for incoming calls and important alerts, such as medication reminders. The sleek aesthetic design is replacing traditional plastic button panic devices.

2. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, nearly half of adults 75 and older have hearing loss. Hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in the last 20 years. ReSound offers an aid that enables users to control their hearing via an iPhone app. These hearing aids connect …
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Senior Hacks to Make Life Easier

The changes to our bodies as we age can make everyday tasks more challenging. At Allegro, we’ve learned many senior hacks—tips and shortcuts to make life more convenient, so that you or a loved one can continue to enjoy everyday activities. Here are a few of our favorite shortcuts to make life easier.

Senior Hacks for Memory

Take photos of the food in your refrigerator so you know what to stock up on. While you are at it, take a photo of the contents of each of your storage containers. Tape the photo to the outside of the container so you know what’s inside. 

Use colored stickers to label keys, remote control buttons and bathroom faucets to take the guesswork out of picking the right one.

Listen to your favorite music to boost memory and reconnect with loved ones.

Seniors Hacks to Prevent Falls

Bathroom: For safety in the shower, put a bar of soap in an old stocking and tie one end of the stocking closed. Tie the other end to the shower handle so that if …
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Caregiver Hacks to Lower Stress and Make Life Easier

As a caregiver, your plate is full from tending to the needs of your loved one, such as doctor visits, medication monitoring, home safety needs or visits to a senior living community. Wouldn’t it be nice to have hacks to reclaim some “me time” for your self-care?

In honor of National Caregivers Day, February 15, we are happy to share a few hacks that we hope will make all caregivers’ lives a little easier.

Stay Organized and Worry-Free

Keeping up with caregiving responsibilities can be stressful. Instead of tearing your hair out, try using an app to stay organized. Carezone app stores all your loved one’s health information, including medical providers and a list of prescriptions and other medications. The app allows you to share this information with family and friends. Check out the AARP website for a detailed review of apps to help keep caregivers organized.

Even a simple binder with tabs can do the trick to keep all your loved one’s medical records in one place. Add a calendar in the front of the binder to keep track …
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